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This novel has many symbols and themes that are revealed as the reader follows along One of the first and most important symbols found in Snow Falling on Cedars is the snowstorm that is going on in San Pedro Island The snow falling outside that begins to pile up represents the tension that is building up inside of the courtroom between two cultures and its people As the snow falling outside accumulates the events that are arising during the trial begin to create a mounting tension This tension can be harmful in the trial because it can hide what is the truth and create biased opinions within the courtroom A major theme that is understood throughout the whole novel is the theme of racism On San Pedro Island there is much tension between the Japanese and American inhabitants During the trial there are many references to Kabuo being Japanese that are displayed The reason for this is because the attorney wants the jury to base their decision on what Kabuos face reveals and not the evidence and facts that are put forth For example Alvin Hooks says Look into his eyes consider his face and ask yourselves what your duty is as citizens of this community Pg 415 This statement clearly shows the racism that goes on even in a court of law where race should not matter only facts and evidence There were not only racism issues from the Americans towards the Japanese but from the Japanese towards the Americans also When Hatsues mother heard of the secret relationship Hatsue and Ishmael had been having she immediately confronted Hatsue about it and put a stop to it Hatsues family did not accept her relationship with Ishmael just because of the fact that they came from two different backgrounds Critical Opinion I feel that Snow Falling on Cedars is an exceptional novel that should be read and enjoyed by all This
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